Rudy Green’s Doggy Cuisine (Cooked Frozen)

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Rating: ★★½☆☆

Rudy Green’s Doggie Cuisine Frozen Dog Food earns the Advisor’s second-lowest tier rating of 2.5 stars.

The Rudy Green’s Doggie Cuisine product line includes five cooked frozen recipes.

Each recipe below includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

  • Rudy Green’s Doggy Cuisine Fish Stew [S]
  • Rudy Green’s Doggy Cuisine Beefy Rice (2 stars) [S]
  • Rudy Green’s Doggy Cuisine Chicken and Veggies [S]
  • Rudy Green’s Doggy Cuisine Pork, Pasta and Potatoes (3 stars) [S]
  • Rudy Green’s Doggy Cuisine Turkey Mac and Cheese (1.5 stars) [S]

Rudy Green’s Doggy Cuisine Beefy Rice was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Rudy Green's Doggy Cuisine Beefy Rice

Frozen Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 24% | Fat = 20% | Carbs = 48%

Ingredients: Lean beef, brown rice, peas, carrots, olive oil, garlic

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis6%5%NA
Dry Matter Basis24%20%48%
Calorie Weighted Basis20%40%40%
Protein = 20% | Fat = 40% | Carbs = 40%

The first ingredient in this dog food is beef. Beef is defined as “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered cattle” and includes skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.1

Beef is naturally rich in all ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The second ingredient is brown rice, a complex carbohydrate that (once cooked) can be fairly easy to digest. However, aside from its natural energy content, rice is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The third ingredient includes peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.

However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

The fourth ingredient includes carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.

The fifth ingredient lists olive oil. Olive oil contains oleic acid, a healthy monounsaturated fat. It’s also rich in natural antioxidants and carotenoids.

The sixth ingredient is garlic can be a controversial item. Although many favor the ingredient for its claimed health benefits, garlic has been linked to Heinz body anemia in dogs.2

So, one must weigh the potential benefits of feeding garlic against its proven tendency to cause subclinical damage to the red blood cells of the animal.

We find no added vitamins or minerals on the ingredients list. We would assume these essential nutrients are provided by the food ingredients in the recipe.

Rudy Green’s Doggie Cuisine Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Rudy Green’s Doggie Cuisine looks like an above-average wet product.

But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 24%, a fat level of 20% and estimated carbohydrates of about 48%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 26% and a mean fat level of 17%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 50% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 65%.

Below-average protein. Below-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.

When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing only a modest amount of meat.

However, with 40% of the total calories in our example coming from fat versus just 20% from protein, some recipes may not be suitable for every animal.

Bottom line?

Rudy Green’s Doggie Cuisine is a plant-based cooked frozen dog food using a modest amount of various species as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 2.5 stars.

Not recommended.

Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.

Rudy Green’s Dog Food
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Notes and Updates

02/05/2016 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  2. Yamato et al, Heinz Body hemolytic anemia with eccentrocytosis from ingestion of Chinese chive (Allium tuberosum) and garlic (Allium sativum) in a dog, Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association 41:68-73 (2005)